Now available in paperback, Egyptomania takes us on a historical journey to unearth the Egypt of the imagination, a land of strange gods, mysterious magic, secret knowledge, monumental pyramids, enigmatic sphinxes and immense wealth. Egypt has always exerted a powerful attraction on the Western mind, and an array of figures have been drawn to the idea of Egypt. Even the practical-minded Napoleon dreamed of Egyptian glory and helped open the antique land to explorers.Ronald H. Fritze goes beyond art and architecture to reveal Egyptomania's impact on religion, philosophy, historical study, literature, travel, science and popular culture. All those who remain captivated by the ongoing phenomenon of Egyptomania will revel in the mysteries uncovered in this book.
An unforgettable journey into the forgotten history of medieval AfricaFrom the birth of Islam in the seventh century to the voyages of European exploration in the fifteenth, Africa was at the center of a vibrant exchange of goods and ideas. It was an African golden age in which Ghana, Nubia, and Zimbabwe became the crossroads of civilizations, and where African royals, thinkers, and artists played celebrated roles in an increasingly globalized world. Francois-Xavier Fauvelle brings this thrilling era marvelously to life. A book that finally recognizes Africa's important role in the Middle Ages, The Golden Rhinoceros carefully pieces together the written and archaeological evidence to tell an unforgettable story that is at once sensitive to Africa's rich social diversity and alert to the trajectories that connected Africa with the wider Muslim and Christian worlds.
‘A letter is handed to you. In broken English, it tells you that you must now vacate your farm; that this is no longer your home, for it now belongs to the crowd on your doorstep. Then the drums begin to beat.'
Author Sharon L. Mount weaves a collage from the stories and memories of thirty classmates from apartheid-era South Africa. With oral histories collected from the 1961 graduating class of Johannesburg Girl's High School, Barnato's Diamonds provides an peek into the lives of women and families, some of whom fled persecution in war-torn Europe, others who sought a better life, only to find themselves part of the oppressor class in a new country and community.
Named for the school's founder, Barnie Barnato, a wealthy Jewish immigrant on whose property the school was established, Barnato's Diamonds is organized into three sections, each with a different theme: family and childhood, school days and post-matriculation life, and thoughts about South Africa. The author provides an appendix that includes a conversation with a black domestic worker employed by one of the participants, as well as a history of the school and brief biographies of each woman featured. The result of three years of travel to South Africa, Europe, and the United States, this account gathers memories of parents, grandparents, marriage, religion, language, heritage, race relations, apartheid, and the shifting political climate of the era.
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